Born in London, England in 1912, she attended Hornsey School of Arts & Crafts in London.
She taught art in English public and private schools and during WW II was in charge of rehabilitation arts and crafts at an American Station Hospital. She met Ralph Fendig, an American soldier, married him and came to Rensselaer, Indiana in 1948 where she lived and worked for the remainder of her life.
Her primary medium was watercolor although she also worked in oil and from 1948 through 1960 created a series of 13 woodblock engravings that she printed privately and used as her personal holiday greeting to friends. Fendig became best known for her cityscapes, landscapes, still life, mostly from Indiana, Wisconsin and Arizona and English country and village scenes. (She traveled frequently to her native country always returning with many painting subjects.) The woodblock engravings were publicly printed in 2001 and are available in portfolio by the Prairie Arts Council.
Hoosier Salon (exhibited nearly every year between 1951 and 1977, a total of 60 paintings), Brown County Art Guild, Northern Indiana Art Association, Indiana Artists Club.
20 solo exhibitions throughout Indiana, 40 prizes in juried exhibitions, 3 retrospective exhibitions by Prairie Arts Council.
Collections: Art Museum of Greater Lafayette, Indiana, Indiana University, Franklin College, Indianapolis Public Schools, National City Bank (Branch), FifthThird Bank (Branch), Jasper County Library, (Rensselaer and Wheatfield branches), Rensselaer Central High School and Prairie Arts Council.
A Grand Tradition: The Art and Artists of the Hoosier Salon, 1925-1990 by Judith Vale Newton and Carol Weiss, Lilian Fendig, An English Artist in Indiana, Prairie Arts Council exhibition brochure 2002, Lilian Fendig Retrospective, Prairie Arts Council exhibition brochure 1993, Thirteen Woodblock Engravings, Lilian Fendig, Prairie Arts Council brochure.
Prairie Arts Council Lilian Fendig archive, A Grand Tradition, The Art and Artists of the Hoosier Salon, personal knowledge.
Submitted by: Robert G. Lewis, Prairie Arts Council, 301 N.Van Rensselaer St., Rensselaer, Indiana.